What's Going On In This Country?

May 14, 2018 Edition
BY: SANTIAGO VERDUGO

Fake cops. Prosecutors and soldiers raided the offices of a municipal police force in Puebla, turning up more than 100 fake police officers. Turns out 113 of Texmelucan’s 185 police had not been assigned an official identification code nor had they passed or even taken evaluation tests.

It was also found that at least four bona fide cops were charging up to US $260 a month to allow their fake counterparts to continue serving on the force.

All 185 officers were disarmed and will be investigated for criminal activities. The fake officers will be charged with impersonating police officers. Translation: No jail time.

Good news for La Paz. Three new hotels are planned in the next three years, according to permits in progress. This represents about 350 new rooms. They are all five star operations but everyone gets happy with the stars, so who knows?

The president of Emprhotur La Pa official Eduardo Herrera welcomed the arrival of new hotels which he anticipates will bring more international air routes to the state capital.

“The reason the airlines have not opened these routes to foreign destinations is because of the lack of hotel rooms on offer,” he says. “What the airlines want to see is hotel rooms but hoteliers don’t want to build until they see plenty of flights.”

More La Paz news. Following the arrival of Uber La Paz at least seven taxi drivers have jumped ship and joined Uber.

A Uber worker - who asked us to conceal his identity - revealed that he has been working with Uber since one week after it began operating in the capital.

One taxista turned Uberista who was too weenie to give his name, said that at the beginning, Uber only had about six vehicles, but now they have approximately 350 operating in the city. But he said as the number of cars grew, so did the number of customers. This is the future of the ride hailing businesses: people, even poor people, will be more mobile.

When questioned about whether there is a tension between the taxi drivers and Uber drivers, he said sometimes taxi drivers "get very aggressive" and even shout “bad things” at them. Finally, he mentioned that "he has done very well" working for Uber, and that, according to experiences he has heard from his colleagues, they are also satisfied. “It's time to renew," he concluded.

Well, here’s the problem. The State Commission for Human Rights (CEDH) received only about 14 complaints last year, against the city water stumble bums, (Oomsapas). If we don’t complain, why would they bust their ass to deliver water to us on a more regular schedule? So far this year, a total of three complaints have been filed against the agency. These related to the water cuts, as well as the treatment received by the staff. staff can get snarly when you call them up and ask for water more than twice a week. Course we callers are often pretty snarly too.

Lizeth Collins explained that the Commission has competence in this area, "taking into account that the right to access to drinking water is a human right," pointing out that, in many cases, these complaints can lead to conciliations. What’s to conciliate? Either you send water to our taps or you don’t.

Thirsty people can go to the Human Rights office from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or call 12 314 04 and 123 23 32., I don’t know where the damn office is, I’m only a cat. Look it up. My bowl is always filled with fresh water which my mom pours out of a big jug.  Although she does get pretty snarly about the jug.

People! Grow up! Two different drivers attempted to beat trains to crossings today, and both lost the race.

There are a few hundred such accidents every year. Jalisco led the way last year with 85 accidents involving cars and trains, and 95% were estimated to have been caused by drivers racing to beat a train. The state of Guanajuato saw 82 such accidents last year and Chihuahua 58.

The end of January this year was shaping up to be another bad one for Jalisco kamikaze drivers. There were seven collisions during the month, one of which claimed the lives of five people. Are they trying to say that not one of those five passengers spoke up about this racing a train thing not being such a good idea? Couldn’t one of them say, stop the car, this is where I get off?

Don’t worry about a thing. Oomsapas’ got this. That’s the city water department. They are acknowledging a deficit of 61 gallons of water per second, said Pené Núñez, honcho and head stumble bum of the department.

He’s trying to distract us from us only getting water a few times a week, by claiming about 40% of the water is lost through leakage in the pipes. (It’s not our fault, we stick water in the pipes, if it doesn’t come out the other end, what are we to do?) Well, fix the pipes, you are the water department! You could use some of that money you got for the sweetheart deal you made for the Spanish desal plant. That would be the desal plant that’s usually down waiting for parts.

Finally, the honcho of Oomsapas wanted to remind us a new desalination plant is coming, so hang in there. The contract was awarded to the same crappy Spanish company that can’t keep the original plant running.

The problem is the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enacted by Jimmy “Give away the Panama Canal” Carter makes it a felony to pay off any foreign government or individual to get a contract. That eliminates the United States in any Latin country’s bidding process for anything as nobody gets a bid without a payoff. Thanks to the FCPA the US simply cannot compete on a playing field that uneven.